American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The close or last part; the end or finish.
- n. The result or outcome of an act or process.
- n. A judgment or decision reached after deliberation. See Synonyms at decision.
- n. A final arrangement or settlement, as of a treaty.
- n. Law The close of a plea or deed.
- n. Logic The proposition that must follow from the major and minor premises in a syllogism.
- n. Logic The proposition concluded from one or more premises; a deduction.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The end, close, or termination; the final part: as, the conclusion of a journey.
- n. Final result; outcome; upshot.
- n. Determination; final decision.
- n. A proposition concluded or inferred from premises; the proposition toward which an argumentation tends, or which is established by it; also, rarely, the act of inference.
- n. In grammar, that clause of a conditional sentence which states the consequence of the proposition assumed in the condition or protasis; the apodosis.
- n. In rhetoric, the last main division of a discourse; that part in which, the discussion being finished, its bearings are deduced or its points are summed up; a peroration, application, or recapitulation.
- n. An experiment; a tentative effort for determining anything. [Obsolete except in the phrase to try conclusions.]
- n. In law: The effect of an act by which he who did it is bound not to do anything inconsistent therewith; an estoppel.
- n. The end of a pleading or conveyance.
- n. A finding or determination.
- n. Something which is certain to be done or to happen: as, it is a foregone conclusion that he will be elected.
- n. The end, finish, close or last part of something.
- n. The outcome or result of a process or act.
- n. A decision reached after careful thought.
- n. logic In an argument or syllogism, the proposition that follows as a necessary consequence of the premises.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The last part of anything; close; termination; end.
- n. Final decision; determination; result.
- n. Any inference or result of reasoning.
- n. (Logic) The inferred proposition of a syllogism; the necessary consequence of the conditions asserted in two related propositions called premises. See Syllogism.
- n. Poetic Drawing of inferences.
- n. obsolete An experiment, or something from which a conclusion may be drawn.
- n. The end or close of a pleading, e.g., the formal ending of an indictment, “against the peace,” etc.
- n. An estoppel or bar by which a person is held to a particular position.
- n. the last section of a communication
- n. a final settlement
- n. the act of making up your mind about something
- n. event whose occurrence ends something
- n. the temporal end; the concluding time
- n. a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration
- n. an intuitive assumption
- n. the act of ending something
- n. the proposition arrived at by logical reasoning (such as the proposition that must follow from the major and minor premises of a syllogism)
- From Old (and modern) French conclusion, or Latin conclusio, from the past participle stem of concludere ‘conclude’. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English conclusioun, from Old French conclusion, from Latin conclūsiō, conclūsiōn-, from conclūsus, past participle of conclūdere, to end; see conclude. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The main conclusion is that the majority of the governments have been backsliding; that is, they have taken concrete actions that actually run counter to the commitments signed at previous summits.”
“Their main conclusion is that the high returns earned on stocks over the last 75 years on average are not indicative of high returns in the future.”
“Here also, in conclusion, is a favorite poem of mine by Donald Hall … which reaches across some of the culture barriers that exist and addresses the real work at hand for all if us – readers and poets.”
“And as I said, my main conclusion is that Canada needs more of the world.”
“All I want to do in conclusion is say, "We're in this together and let's stay together.”
“My main conclusion is that the Federal Government has identified the correct policy priorities to respond to the changed world, but it has allowed the list of priorities to become too long.”
“All I shall say in conclusion is that it is the wisdom of Canadians, as well as their high privilege, to make friends, real friends, with our neighbours to the west of us, the island Empire of the East, which resembles in so many respects our own mother country.”
“The movement also, for all its talk of principles, rarely voices any kind of attempt to base its arguments on underlying principles — the conclusion is a given, and both the legislature and the judiciary are expected to back-construct to come up with the desired outcome.”
“And even after reading the story, my conclusion is the same.”
“My support for this conclusion is the following: Take the entire body of “international” law, and take the entire body of domestic law for every foreign country in the world.”
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